What Would Jesus Say today on titles for religious leaders?
“But as for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi,’ because you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers. Do not call anyone on earth your father, because you have one Father, who is in heaven. And do not be called masters either, because you have one Master, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted."
Do you think He would include the title 'Pastor' today?
What about titles like Reverend, Minister, Priest, Bishop?
My occupation is a teacher in a high school. Should I be concerned with letting my students call me teacher?
Is it OK for my kids to call me father?
What do you think was at the heart of what Jesus was saying here?
P.S. Please do not assume this means I am judging you if you like to use these titles. I am not. I maintain high respect and love for brothers and sisters who don't share my viewpoint on a number of issues. I don't expect everyone to agree with me, and I don't assume I have any authority to judge my brothers and sisters. I simply want to encourage dialog on issues where we may not be doing things by the book.